Bees are back. It seemed that every time I went to photograph a flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a bee had beaten me to it and was sucking deeply in its interior. Until recently, it seemed as if bees were disappearing and a pollination crisis, like global warming, was imminent, but now I’m not so sure about that and delighted that this is happening.
Ruth and I had never been to the Denver Botanic Gardens before. Denver didn’t seem like the kind of city where a botanic garden was a must see attraction, but I was wrong. The Denver Botanic Gardens is among the finest of its type I have seen. We were not enthused about going there, but we were looking for attractions that might stimulate interest in grandchildren. The middle grandchild, a preteen girl, seemed an unlikely candidate for stimulation here, but again I was wrong. She took more photos than me and was eager for more. She was so turned on that her mother, who was quite amazed at her behavior, is taking her back to the DBG to photograph fall flowers this week.
This 24 acre oasis of beauty in the middle of Denver proved to be an ideal treat for all of us before going for a perfect lunch at Cucina Colore and then on to Denver’s Enstrom’s for an almond toffee treat. Denver proved to be an inexhaustible and surprising destination yet again. This garden array even had art works featuring flowers by Salvadore Dali to show the younger generation and a Chihuly glass sculpture to admire, photograph, and even promote our home in the American Northwest.
In Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood, the Denver Botanic Gardens feature the diversity of plants that can thrive in a high altitude setting. The plants we saw were truly from all over the world but with a definite Western thrust. The children were entertained by a garden just for them and this garden’s many water features that were forever nearby. The Denver Botanic Gardens are a place to experience lots of dwarf conifers, ornamental grasses that reminded us of our upcoming visit to the Flint Hills, and many Alpine delights. We photographed daylillies, admired a garden devoted to Scripture, and discussed the smells that only a diverse garden can provide.